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Matthew Lickona 6 p.m., Nov. 17
"What is the difference between Child Protective Services and a Rottweiler?"
"It's a lot easier to get your kids back from a Rottweiler!"
--Melanie Miller-Johnston (my late wife), after a hearing in Family Court regarding her daughters (in CPS custody), 2001.
The "Balloon Boy" hoax has show us that, once again, there are folks out there who will do anything for fifteen minutes of fame, be it legal or otherwise. When it merely involves them doing something criminally stupid to gain those minutes? Ridicule, shaming in the blogosphere, possible fine and jail time...the reward for those two bozos acting like two year old kids (and getting attention--not the type they wanted) who threw a class-four temper tantrum in Mickey D's.
However, we have a child all mixed in with this hoo-hah! At first, "Balloon Boy" was somehow "trapped inside" that balloon as it made it's "journey." Then, we find out that "Balloon Boy" was merely sitting on his keester in the attic, and had "lied" about being unwittingly "airborne" on videotape.
And now, this... It turns out that the whole sorry incident was itself a hoax of horrid proportions. Not only does the daddy of "Balloon Boy" face charges from the State of Colorado, but also an FAA investigation and possible Federal charges!
And just guess who else came to the party?
That's Right--that county's Child Protective Services department is now poking it's snout into the affair! So, now not only does "Balloon Boy's" daddy face time either in the Colorado State Pen or in the Federal pokey in Denver--he might also face kissing his boy one last time--until he turns eighteen!
I betcha "Balloon Boy's" daddy is feeling like he's in the ninth level of Dante's Inferno! And well he should--to pull such a hoax is bad enough, but to use your kid...willing or otherwise...as a pawn in this horrid hellride? The only sympathy this twerp is going to find will be in Webster's New World Dictionary, between "sucker" and "syphillis." And that, I feel, is the only sympathy he deserves!
The saying "May You Live in Interesting Times." might be a insult in Goyu (Mandarin) Chinese, but sadly, it's somehow turning true for most of us. For these are, indeed, interesting times...a windfall for curmudgeons needing material for their writings.
For folks like myself, these times are interesting--for they show the lengths that people will go to gain attention for themselves. Instead of fame, however, these nitwits attract legal action and outright infamy.
It is true that one must be careful for what one desires...what they recieve will not be to their liking. "Ballon Boy's" daddy is learning this the hard way...and I hope he learns from this.
Oh, BTW: The quote at the top of the entry was an actual quote, from my late wife. She was trying to get her daughters back from CPS custody, and was rather frustrated from having the hearing "continued." Hence the comparasion between CPS and Rottweilers (her sense of humor was weirder than mine!).
So, please try to remember this before you open fire!